Kalyna the Soothsayer

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Erewhon Books
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5.2 X 8.35 X 1.5 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Elijah Kinch Spector is a writer, a dandy, and a rootless cosmopolitan from the Bay Area who now lives in Brooklyn. His first novel, Kalyna the Soothsayer, received acclaim from NPR, Nerds of a Feather, Tor.com, Foreword, and Paste Magazine, among others. His next novel, Kalyna the Cutthroat, is expected in 2024.


"[D]elightful debut fantasy adventure. . . . [P]ut your trust in Kalyna's hands and let her build a story around the two of you. Parts of it will speak to your own specific fears and desires; other aspects will be entertaining fictions, until you discover the devastating shard of truth within." --NPR

"The intricate worldbuilding includes intriguing court politics and nefarious plotting galore. [Kalyna] is both a witty and a determined heroine. . . . A fabulous puzzle box of a fantasy novel." --Foreword Reviews

"A well-crafted world . . . Kalyna narrates her story with appealing wit while not shying away from her insecurities. For those who enjoyed S. A. Chakraborty's The City of Brass or Tasha Suri's Empire of Sand." --Booklist

"[A] brilliantly constructed character, endlessly multilayered and relatably conflicted, with a scarred interior that nonetheless perseveres by sheer survival instinct. Kalyna's inner monologue is a delicious parade of sharp political commentary, pragmatic callousness, reluctant hope, internalized self-loathing, wounded desire, the driest sense of gallows humor, and a drive to independence made of the hardest bedrock.... Engrossing." --Nerds of a Feather.com

"Kalyna is a character after my own heart: a conniving liar whose love for her family threatens to be her downfall. Hilarious and heartbreaking by turns, Kalyna the Soothsayer is a reminder that if you can't see the future you want, sometimes you have to make it." --C. L. Clark, author of The Unbroken

"A gorgeous, layered debut, both intricate and propulsive, with a singularly brilliant heroine at its center. Kalyna is a twisty, entrancing, and totally unique entry into epic fantasy." --Ava Reid, author of The Wolf and the Woodsman

"Full of hilarious wit, intrigue, spycraft and charlatans, Kalyna the Soothsayer is a classic adventure with a sardonic twist. At the turn of the last page, I was sad to leave these lovable rogues. I've been waiting a long time to read an intelligent swashbuckling story like this. . . . It's the perfect fantastical escape." --Marissa Levien, author of The World Gives Way

"Kalyna the Soothsayer is dangerously good: a spellbinding story, captivatingly told, with a cast of unforgettable characters and plot twists that kept me turning pages past my bedtime." --Melissa Caruso, author of The Obsidian Tower